Harley turns on power in record win as Yarmouth club claim team honours
- Credit: Archant
Great Yarmouth rider Harley Matthews pulverised the course record for the Waveney Valley 25-mile course when he won the Godric CC 25 in 51:37.
The DAP CC man's ride left second-placed Mark Richards – winner on the same road the previous day – over two-and-a-half minutes in arrears and led the Yarmouth-based DAP CC to the team prize.
Conditions were by no means perfect, with a rising crosswind on the Redenhall-Bungay shuttle course – which affected Matthews, off late in the starting order, more than most.
There was a remarkable fourth place overall for 55 year-old David Procter (VeloVelocity). His time of 54:38 also won the veterans' section - only three weeks after suffering an accident in Cambridgeshire.
Topping the handicap awards was Matt O'Brian (54:44, fifth overall) who has come from a triathlon background to make his mark in the Suffolk coast club Plomesgate CC.
You may also want to watch:
The Godric club's veterans proved closely matched with 79-year-old John Pugh fastest on scratch with 1:15:58, while Jim Caplin took the honours on standard, his 1:18:06 beating the standard for his age – 82 - by five minutes exactly, while Pugh's 'plus' was just 4:08.
The VC Baracchi's 10-miler the previous day used the same Waveney Valley road, but starting from the Bungay end – which made for a tough start, or alternatively got the difficult headwind climb out of Earsham out of the way first, according to which way you looked at it. Organiser Mark Richards started last and won the event in 20:47, 18 seconds ahead of Stuart Fairweather, who in turn was just ahead of his VeloVelocity team manager Paul Jay (21:11).
- 1 Brother and sister found dead in their home are named
- 2 Reward of £20,000 offered after theft of performance car worth £150,000
- 3 When are GCSE and A-level results out and how fair will grades be?
- 4 Man jailed for stealing underwear and sex toy from village house
- 5 'It did not deliver': Glamping site vows to improve after guests hit out
- 6 Villagers in shock after woman dies in suspected murder
- 7 Woman admits causing deaths of Norfolk couple in road crash
- 8 'She loved planting flowers' - Tributes left at home of woman found dead
- 9 Norwich City transfer rumours: Talks held with United full-back
- 10 Man arrested on suspicion of murder after woman dies in village
Norwich rider Jimmy Piper (MS Society), who was 50+ cyclo-cross league champion last season, opened his new account with a win on a dry dusty course at Northlands, Basildon. After initially swapping places with Richard Muchmore (Renvale), Piper opened a gap and survived a contretemps with a fallen back-maker to win by 12 seconds.
Top local finishers in the Senior race were Kieran Jarvis (fourth) and Seb Herrod (fifth). Gemma Melton (XRT/Elmy) took a remarkable second to Elspeth Grace in the women's race.